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Vanilla Lemonade

Vanilla Lemonade - Cool down with this refreshing vanilla-infused take on classic lemonade! | foxeslovelemons.com

Welcome to Foxes Love Lemonade! I’m (obviously) obsessed with the bright, tart taste of lemons, and I love freshly squeezed lemonade as well! Classic lemonade is just dandy, but in this summertime series, I’ll be coming up with new spins on my favorite cool-down drink.

I was having a bit of a creativity lull when trying to think up my next new lemonade recipe, so I started poking around my kitchen cabinets. I didn’t have to look very long before my eyes settled on a bottle of Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract. I’ve long loved Nielsen-Massey products because I know they are the highest quality extracts available. I even give them as holiday and birthday gifts to the bakers in my life. While we all reach for vanilla extract when baking, I wanted to give this little bottle of extract some love in a beverage recipe, so I thought “why not vanilla lemonade?”

Vanilla Lemonade - Cool down with this refreshing vanilla-infused take on classic lemonade! | foxeslovelemons.com

I’m so glad I decided to go this direction, as this might be my favorite lemonade yet (I know, I say that every time. But for real). For this recipe, I started with a classic homemade lemonade using simple syrup (just a boiled mixture of sugar and water) and freshly squeezed lemon juice (it takes awhile to squeeze all those lemons, but it is SO worth it).

Vanilla Lemonade - Cool down with this refreshing vanilla-infused take on classic lemonade! | foxeslovelemons.com

I “spiked” my lemonade with a teaspoon of Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. This extract offers the same amazing flavor as Nielsen-Massey’s traditional vanilla extract, but is made with only certified organic and Fairtrade ingredients. The sweet, mellow flavor makes it ideal for cooking and baking.

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Vanilla Lemonade - Cool down with this refreshing vanilla-infused take on classic lemonade! | foxeslovelemons.com

Vanilla Lemonade

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. In small saucepot, stir together 1 cup water and sugar. Cook over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Transfer to jar or container and refrigerate until completely cool, or up to 5 days.
  2. In pitcher, stir together lemon juice, vanilla extract, cooled sugar syrup and remaining 3 cups water.  Serve over ice.

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Disclosure: This was a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Nielsen-Massey. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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20 Responses to “Vanilla Lemonade”

  1. Sandy @ RE — July 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Never had vanilla lemonade. Sounds fabulous!!

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    • Lori Yates replied: — July 10th, 2015 @ 10:06 am

      Thanks Sandy!

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  2. Jennie @onesweetmess — July 9, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Oooh, I love that you mingled vanilla with lemons. It sounds perfect. Pinned.

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    • Lori Yates replied: — July 10th, 2015 @ 10:06 am

      I’m all about the mingling of lemons with . . . everything. Thanks Jennie!

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  3. Susan — July 9, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    If I want lemonade, this is the one I’d make.  I make a version of overnight oats with lemon, coconut and vanilla, so I know I’d like the lemonade.  Yummy.

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    • Lori Yates replied: — July 10th, 2015 @ 10:07 am

      Your overnight oats sound great, Susan!

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      • Susan replied: — July 27th, 2015 @ 8:54 pm

        Got it from My Whole Food Life.  Per serving: 1.5 T lemon juice (or more, to taste), ½ T maple syrup or honey, 1T chia seeds, ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup almond milk, 1T shredded unsweetened coconut, ½ t vanilla extract.  I add a scoop of vanilla Designer Whey, also.  If you really like lemon, you can add a little zest (maybe ½ t), but we have decided we like it better without.  Enjoy!

        • Lori Yates replied: — July 28th, 2015 @ 12:28 pm

          Oh, thanks so much Susan! I kind of chuckled at “if you really like lemon” 😉

  4. Kim Beaulieu — July 10, 2015 at 12:56 am

    There is nothing better than homemade lemonade. It’s always so refreshing. I am digging this twist with the vanilla in it. Love their products too. You can never go wrong with high quality vanilla like this. 

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    • Lori Yates replied: — July 10th, 2015 @ 10:08 am

      Thanks Kim! I agree – nothing better than homemade lemonade 🙂

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  5. Christina @ Christina's Cucina — July 10, 2015 at 1:37 am

    This is my brand of vanilla, in fact I buy the industrial size and refill my little bottle! What a lovely idea to make vanilla lemonade-I would never have considered it, but why not? It must be delicious, and those gorgeous photos are so enticing, too! Going to have to try this; next batch of lemonade!

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    • Lori Yates replied: — July 10th, 2015 @ 10:08 am

      Oh man, I NEED to buy the industrial size bottle of Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, because I go through soooo much of it! Thanks Christina!

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  6. naomi — July 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I love that you mixed the two – I never thought to pair them together. Great idea for lemonade!

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    • Lori Yates replied: — July 13th, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

      Thanks Naomi!

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  7. Celeste @TheWholeServing — July 10, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I love lemonade, this seems like a perfect combination.

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    • Lori Yates replied: — July 13th, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

      Thanks so much, Celeste!

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  8. Carla — July 12, 2015 at 8:58 am

    As much as I love lemonade and vanilla, I never thought of combining the two. Genius! Next time I end up with a bunch of lemons, I’ll have to give this a try.

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    • Lori Yates replied: — July 13th, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

      Thanks Carla!

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  9. CDE — July 13, 2015 at 1:03 am

    EPIC. I love lemons as well. like obsessed. I made strawberry lemonade the other day and lemon bars this weekend as well. I’m so making this.

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    • Lori Yates replied: — July 13th, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

      Lemons are just sooooo good, it’s hard not to be obsessed!

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